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Cape Cod Central Railroad

The scenic dinner train is the Cape's entry in the novelty dining experience category. Dress up for a three-hour tour among cranberry bogs and marshes in a restored 1937 dinner coach. From Hyannis, the train crosses the canal and then stops in Bourne while you consume your entrée choice, usually steak, chicken, fish, or pasta. The Elegant Dinner Train was named one of the top three nationwide by the Food Network Dining on the Train. A full bar is available.

The Red Pheasant

You'll probably experience the best meal you will ever have in this 200-year-old barn. The cozy restaurant serves American and French cuisine and uses local produce and ingredients whenever possible. The menu changes with the seasons but entrées can include duckling, lamb, veal and salmon. The fireplaces, glass and pottery by Cape Cod artists and the lush flower garden make for a romantic dinner setting. The wine list here is extensive and superb. Reservations are required.

Belfry Bistro

Located in the former rectory for Sandwich's Corpus Christi Catholic parish, the Belfry Inn and Bistro is about as charming and romantic a place as you could hope to find. The dining room is smallish - cozy is a better word - with white tablecloths set with crystal, china, and silver and illuminated by candlelight. Menu selections include breast of duck sautéed served with wild mushroom risotto, baked spiced apple and a roasted shallot port reduction and the chef's daily pasta selection. The bistro, which features a piano player Friday and Saturday, has a full service bar.


An amalgamation between a restaurant and nightclub, Sundancers is one of the city's prime dining and dancing spots. During the day this waterfront venue is a laid-back, restaurant serving a vast variety of classic seafood dishes. Its menu features a delectable variety of scintillating local-inspired dishes such as the Cape Cod Rueben, Black Angus Hamburger and Baked Stuffed Shrimp. Come the evening, the excitement is amplified as this casual eatery is transformed into a lively nightclub. Popular DJs and live bands keep the crowd alive with a fine selection of contemporary and classic hits, while a variety of events create a break in the monotony.

Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters

Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters is the perfect place to start your day with a hearty cup of coffee and a light snack. This casual, chic counter service coffee house has industrial and hip interiors, peppered with light wood tones and a cozy vibe. Serving an interesting mix of brews along with pastas, salads and sandwiches, the café has a rotating menu. You can sip on to your drinks while reading a book and enjoying alone time, or simply hang out with your friends here.

Impudent Oyster

This is Cape Cod's version of the fictitious bar portrayed in the long-running television series Cheers. Whether bar patrons come in solo for a quick lunch or in a group for cocktails and conversation, they inevitably end up talking to one another. Located just off Chatham's main thoroughfare, the bar is divided into an upper dining room and a lower bar area. The same menu, which features great sandwiches, burgers and heartier fare, is served throughout. Try the mussels in white wine sauce at this popular hangout.

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